The Seventh Annual Lecture


The Seventh Annual Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Memorial Lecture in Gender and Sexuality Studies


Cathy Cohen

University of Chicago

was held on

October 25th, 2016

For a video of the lecture and discussion click  here

In a history of black queer politics from the Combahee Collective to the contemporary Black Lives movement, Cohen identifies a new form of activism supported by a network of groups, many of which are led by young black women who identify as queer. Rather than organizing around a single charismatic leader and immediate policy changes, the new leaderful movement seeks expansive cultural transformation on behalf of marginalized communities.

Cathy Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and chair of political science at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics and The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics, as well as the coeditor, with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto, of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader.  In addition to her transformative scholarship on race, gender, and politics, Cohen is the principal investigator of two major social change projects: The Black Youth Project and the Mobilization, Change and Political and Civic Engagement Project.

Sponsored by: The Boston University Center for the Humanities, Department of World Languages and Literature, The Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, American and New England Studies Program, Department of English, Department of Psychological and Brain Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Department of Religion, and The School of Theology.